LPGA - Kingsmill Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 6th through Sunday, September 9th
SITE: Kingsmill Resort & Spa (River Course), Williamsburg, Virginia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1975), Ed Ault (re-design),
         Curtis Strange (re-design), Pete Dye (re-design, 2004)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,379
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 373 yds10 - Par 4 405 yds
2 - Par 3 185 yds11 - Par 4 358 yds
3 - Par 5 485 yds12 - Par 4 396 yds
4 - Par 4 385 yds13 - Par 3 140 yds
5 - Par 3 160 yds14 - Par 4 374 yds
6 - Par 4 369 yds15 - Par 5 473 yds
7 - Par 5 525 yds16 - Par 4 405 yds
8 - Par 4 401 yds17 - Par 3 163 yds
9 - Par 4 400 yds18 - Par 4 382 yds
36 3,283 yds35 3,096 yds
Annual:  8th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 12-3:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-5 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Cristie Kerr
Runner-Up:  I.K. Kim
Tournament Record:  265 (Annika Sorenstam, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Cristie Kerr, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Lorena Ochoa, 2009)
Course Record:  63 (Kim Williams, 2004; Sarah Lee, Jee Young Lee, 2007;
  Mhairi McKay, Shi Hyun Ahn, 2008;
  Cristie Kerr, Song-Hee Kim, 2009)
Total Purse:  $1,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - $119,470; 3rd Place - $86,125
2009 Finish
Cristie Kerr268Shiho Oyama274
I.K. Kim270Natalie Gulbis275
Lindsey Wright271Angela Stanford275
Song-Hee Kim271Ai Miyazato276
Wendy Ward273Lorena Ochoa277
Past Kingsmill Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Cristie Kerr (268) -- I.K. Kim
2008Annika Sorenstam (265) -- Allison Fouch, Karen Stupples, Jeong Jang,
Christina Kim
2007*Suzann Pettersen (274) -- Jee Young Lee
2006Karrie Webb (270) -- Hee-Won Han, Lorena Ochoa
2005Cristie Kerr (276) -- Jill McGill
2004Se Ri Pak (275) -- Juli Inkster, Lorena Ochoa
2003Grace Park (275) -- Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill (2003);
Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill (2004-09)

Top Contenders in the Field
Cristie KerrT-2T-6WonT-4T-36T-44Won
Angela StanfordT-42T-12T-36T-23T-10T-44T-7
Natalie GulbisT-25T-25T-3T-13T-20T-44T-7
Ai Miyazato---------mc6thmc9th
Jiyai Shin------------------T-20
Katherine Hull------T-66mcT-296thT-28
Mika Miyazato------------------T-58
Brittany Lincicome------T-56---T-29mcT-63
Sun Young Yoo---------T-17T-20T-16mc
Morgan Pressel------T-19---T-10mcmc
Stacy Lewis------------------mc
Paula Creamer------T-34T-4T-4T-16---
Azahara Munoz---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Chella Choi
Last Week's Pick to Win (So Yeon Ryu) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (I.K. Kim) - Missed the cut
The Kingsmill Championship returns to the LPGA Tour this week for the first time since 2009. The tournament was previously known as the Michelob ULTRA Championship at Kingsmill. Three of the top-10 players in the world rankings are in the field - Stacy Lewis (2), Ai Miyazato (5) and Cristie Kerr (10).

Kerr is the only 2-time winner of this event, having won in 2005 and 2009. Lewis is currently second on the money list, trailing Inbee Park by $118,444. Park is not playing this week, so Lewis can overtake her for the money lead with a win or solo second-place finish.

The PGA Tour had played at Kingsmill Resort and Spa for 22 years prior to the LPGA's 2003 event here. The last time the LPGA had staged an event in Virginia prior to 2003 was the 1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic, where Jennifer Wyatt became a first-time winner.

Only three miles downstream from the 1607 Jamestown Island settlement, Kingsmill's 17th hole is the course's signature hole. This hole was constructed on what was once the main port of entry for goods entering the Virginia Colony. This par-3 hole runs along the edge of the James River. The teeing area is located adjacent to a 1775 fortification area which guarded the Customs House and the chief landing area serving Colonial Williamsburg throughout the 18th century. The 163-yard hole requires a tee shot across the valley into a long, narrow green guarded by a river on one side and a walnut tree on the other. It sits adjacent to the site of a tavern that served the 18th century sailors landing in colonial Virginia.

In 2009, Kerr won this event for the second time, as she carded rounds of 69-63-66-70 to win by two strokes over I.K. Kim. Kerr finished the tournament at 16-under-par 268.

In 2008, Annika Sorenstam fired four rounds in the 60s (64-66-69-66) to win. Sorenstam finished the event at 19-under-par 265 for a 7-stroke victory over Jeong Jang, Karen Stupples, Christina Kim and Allison Fouch. The win was Sorenstam's third and final victory of 2008. It was also be the final victory of her career, as she retired at the end of 2008 with 72 wins. Sorenstam established a new tournament record with her 265, breaking the old mark of 270 set by Karrie Webb in 2006.

In 2004, Se Ri Pak fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from four strokes behind and win by two shots over Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster. The victory qualified Pak for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame and she was inducted in 2007 following her 10th year of membership.

The LPGA Tour moves to England next week for the final major championship of the season at the Ricoh Women's British Open, where world No. 1 Yani Tseng will defend her title at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

09/04 16:04:49 ET

As of September 4, 2012, at 04:04 PM ET
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